Tagged 'holiday'

3 Secrets to Powerhouse 'Prankvertising' (Video)

Posted by Rick Mathieson on January 7th, 2014 at 4:43 pm

A growing number of brands are finding that it can pay big to pull pranks on your customers so other people can laugh at them.
Just look at Sony Pictures, which faked this telekinetic rampage inside a local coffee shop - captured in the video above - complete with patrons pushed up the side of the wall, furniture and books blown about – to promote the new remake of the horror classic, “Carrie.”
Or LG. In an effort to show off the lifelike picture on its next-generation IPS video monitors, the consumer electronics giant scared the crud out of people in elevators by making it appear as if the floor is falling away – with the instant fear captured with eye-level cameras.
Or even candy brand Tic-Tac, which combined a flash mob with a giant digital sign – all in the service of creating a hugely embarrassing scene by making unsuspecting passersby believe they have astonishingly bad breath.
Dubbed “prankvertising,” the technique combines real-world antics with digital-age magic to astonish those who see it live, and to delight the many (many) more who will view videos of the shenanigans online.
And it’s catching on – because it costs a fraction of the money of network... Read more

Airline Pulls Off One Miracle of a Holiday Promotion in Must-See Video

Posted by Rick Mathieson on December 9th, 2013 at 11:09 pm

This one will knock your stockings right off the mantle.
In an epic new holiday promo, Canadian airline WestJet asked passengers about their holiday wishlists as they boarded a plane - and then had those gifts delivered to the baggage carousel at the passengers' destination.
When was the last time you wanted to take to social media to share something this nice about an airline?
Kudos to all involved.
Read more, here.

Importance of Market Share, Holiday Winners: ATT, Walmart, Kohl's

Posted by David Shim on December 31st, 2012 at 10:49 am

Market share is a largely ignored performance metric for retailers, not because it isn’t valuable, but because it isn’t accessible.  Typically market share metrics are sourced from quarterly reports where data is stale, limiting actionability.
The ability to measure market share in real-time will disrupt the way retailers determine the success of the marketing efforts.  Today, retailers measure performance in various ways including return on ad spend (direct response), and in-store sales (branding, promotional).  By measuring market share, retailers are able to take a macro view on their marketing efforts that expands beyond their brick and mortar walls.
Quantifying performance by market share allows retailers to look at the entire retail ecosystem, versus a siloed approach to marketing.  By using market share as a key metric it allows retailers to optimize to gain share of wallet.  Understanding market share allows marketers to build campaigns to capture the $1.44 spent at competitors for every $1 spent with them.
Placed recently released their 2012 Holiday Retail Insights providing a first glimpse into retail market share, which includes surprising volatility.
Wireless Carrier Retail Stores - Market Share

Verizon and AT&T wrestled for the top position in terms of wireless carrier store visits in the last six weeks of the holiday shopping... Read more

Cyber-Santa: Harnessing Social, Mobile, and Digital to Find the Perfect Holiday Gift

Posted by Christoph Babka on December 3rd, 2012 at 10:05 am

Attention holiday shoppers, instead of scouring stores thinking, “What would this person want?” start from the comfort of your own home. With today’s digital tools, here are three tips for leveraging digital media to get a gift that tugs at the heart.

Top 10 Augmented Reality Initiatives 2012 (Video)

Posted by Rick Mathieson on November 21st, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I know, I know. It's still early in the year-end roundups season, but we couldn't wait to get started.

First up, 10 (well, okay, 11) of the best augmented reality initiatives for 2012.

11. Net-A-Porter: Augmented Reality Meets Window Shopping 
Who knew fashionistas would go ape sh*t over AR?
10. Holiday Inn: World's First Augmented Reality Hotel
Just in time for London's 2012 Olympic Games, patrons of one hotel find the place crawling with athletes.
9. Nokia Lumia Augmented Reality 'Angry Birds'
For me, 2012 was really the year Live AR started to really take off - and this is just one way consumers get in on the action, no special glasses or mobile devices required.
8. Marco Tempest Makes Magic with Kinect-Powered AR at TED Conference
Say goodbye to PowerPoint; this is a glimpse of the future of live presentations.
7. Ikea Brings Augmented Reality to 2013 Catalog
This is a brand with 211 million ways to make an impact on how we use augmented reality to sell.
6. Angry Birds Augmented Reality Game
While Nokia's promo was just that - a promo, this effort shows us where gaming's going fast.
5. Boo-Boos Be Gone: Kermit & Piggy Bring AR to BAND-AIDS
If a BAND-AID and a kiss won't cut it... Read more